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What is the best way to approach the Common App essay?

Hey fellow juniors, I'm starting to brainstorm for the Common App essay and feeling a bit overwhelmed. What are some tips for choosing a topic and writing an essay that stands out? Does Collegevine have any pointers or resources to help? Thanks, everyone!

10 months ago

Hey there! I understand that the Common App essay can feel overwhelming, but don't worry, it's manageable! When choosing a topic, think about a personal story or experience that has had a significant impact on your life or has shaped who you are today. This could be anything from a moment of personal growth to a challenge you overcame. Remember, it's not about the grandness of the story but rather how you tell it and what it says about you. As for writing the essay, focus on being authentic and genuine. Avoid using cliches and try to be as specific and detailed as possible. It's also a good idea to ask for feedback from teachers, friends, or family members once you have a draft. Collegevine does have some helpful resources, including essay prompts, guides, and samples. You can find them on their website under 'Common App Essay Guides.' Good luck with your essay, and I'm sure you'll do great! Just take it one step at a time.

10 months ago

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